Judging Time

And thinkest thou this, O man, that judgest them which do such things, and doest the same, that thou shalt escape the judgment of God?  Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?

Romans 2:3-4

These are two interesting verses.  Verse four asks this question: “Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering: not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?”  But that verse is given to us in the context of verses 1-3, which talk about men judging each other.

One of the reasons that we are not supposed to go around judging and condemning each other is that the Lord may not be done with that person (or us).  We often want to judge people because we see them sinning and are angry that the Lord seemingly hasn’t judged them yet.  But the Bible speaks here of the “riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering…”  God is good and longsuffering even when we (and others) don’t deserve it.  And He is good and longsuffering because “the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance.”

One of the many reasons we shouldn’t go around condemning people is this: they just might turn around, repent and get things right in their lives.  God is good to others and He is good to us.  There have been times in my life that I definitely deserved judgment and condemnation.  But I am thankful for God’s goodness, mercy and longsuffering.  I should also be thankful for God’s goodness, mercy and longsuffering in the lives of those around me.

We never know what is going on in someone’s heart or mind.  We should pray for them, help them and encourage them.  We should also let God do the judging.

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